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Phyllis Dodd (1899-1995)   BIOGRAPHY

Olga in her flounced dress, 1930
Framed (ref: 7036)
Signed and dated
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)


Provenance: Prudence and Rosalind Bliss

Exhibited: Royal Academy 1935; Hatton Gallery 1989, cat no. 22

Literature: Prudence Bliss, A retrospective Exhibition of the Work of Phylis Dodd

The sitter Olga Whitton, a colleague at Walthamstow, is shown wearing a fancy dress made for a party.

We are grateful to Prudence Bliss for assistance.

Phyllis Dodd (1899-1995)

Painter, born in Chester who studied firstly at Liverpool School of Art 1917-21 and after winning a Royal Exhibition scholarship spent a further four years at the RCA in the company of her life-long friends Henry Moore, Raymond Coxon and Edna Ginesi. 

After gaining her diploma and winning the Drawing Prize in her final year she went on to teach part-time at Walthamstow Technical College 1925-30. 

Dodd exhibited at the RA, NEAC, RP, RSA and at the Walker Art Gallery. Her ninetieth birthday was celebrated with a major retrospective exhibition held at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University in November 1989. 
Married to the artist Douglas Percy Bliss, she held a joint exhibition with him at Derby Art Gallery, 1947. In the year of her death, a retrospective exhibition of her work was held at Newport Art Gallery who also have a fine portrait example in their collection as do Hull University. Her daughter was the artist Rosalind Bliss.

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